Al Mohler has an interesting review of John Franke’s new book, Manifold Witness: The Plurality of Truth. Franke’s book seems to align with the emergent author I mentioned in “this conversation is over.” Indeed, that author cites Franke’s book as support for viewing the Bible as our community library rather than our constitutional authority.
Reading Mohler’s review reminded me of something which came up in Barth class today. Rudolf Bultmann attempted to distance himself from liberalism with these words: “Shall we retain the ethical preaching of Jesus and abandon his eschatological preaching? Shall we reduce his preaching of the Kingdom of God to the so-called social gospel? Or is there a third possibility?”
Bultmann then went on to give his “third way,” which though technically different from liberalism in some aspects (i.e., his “de-mythologizing” program was slightly different from the liberal attempt to remove the Bible’s “myths,”), pretty much landed in the same place.
Here’s the lesson: Beware of liberals who offer a third way. It’s always something you’ve seen before.